No. 8 UW Men Head South To Duck Invitational
The No. 8-ranked Washington men's golf team returns to action next Monday and Tuesday, traveling south to compete at the Duck Invitational at Eugene Country Club.
The two-day, three-round tournament will be hosted by the University of Oregon. Tee time each day on the par-71, 7,015-yard course is 8:30 a.m. PT. The field includes 14 teams, all from the west.
The Huskies last won the Duck Invitational in 2009, when Nick Taylor earned medalist honors. Other Huskies who have won (or tied for first) at this event include Alex Prugh (2007), Joe Panzeri (2006), James Lepp (2005), Brock Mackenzie (2003) and both O.D. Vincent and Mike Suingle in 1991. Mackenzie set a course record with a 60 at the 2003 event.
Washington remained in the No. 8 spot in the latest GolfStat.com rankings (March 15), while Husky senior RJ Manke dropped from No. 1 to No. 2 in the individual rankings.
The Huskies enter the week ranked No. 8 in the latest GolfStat.com team rankings, with fifth-year senior RJ Manke currently ranked the No. 1 collegiate men's golfer in the nation, according to GolfStat.
"We are really looking forward to getting down to Eugene CC," said UW head coach Alan Murray. "It is one of the great courses in the U.S.. And, we are extremely familiar with Pacific Northwest championship golf courses coming from Seattle, so we don't have to really adjust to the grass, climate, conditions, etc."
Washington will send seven golfers to the tournament, including two who will play as individuals. Here is the lineup for Washington:
1. RJ Manke
2. Noah Woolsey
3. Teddy Lin
4. Petr Hruby
5. Bo Peng
Individual: Taehoon Song and Aidan O'Hagan
In their most recent tournament, Washington finished second at the Lamkin San Diego Classic, finishing 29 strokes under par (including an 18-under final round). Both Manke and senior Noah Woolsey tied for second place, each at 11-under. Woolsey shot a third-round 64 to earn that place.
Following the Duck Invitational, the Huskies are back to work quickly as they'll play at The Goodwin, at Stanford Golf Course, Fri.-Sun., March 24-26.
"Our guys are looking forward to back-to-back tournaments on two great golf courses," Murray said. "We have a number of guys who have experience at Eugene, and I think that will help us this week. It is a good field and another chance for us to test ourselves against some strong competition.
"Eugene will test each part of your game and you need to be very competent in all parts of your game to score well," Murray concluded. "This is another championship level test for us and will help prepare us for the business end of the season."